Ukraine's President Voted Out, Flees Kiev

Earlier today, Ukraine's parliament voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from office, after months of anti-government protest. Yanukovich, decrying the actions as a "coup", fled Kiev, as the heads of Ukraine's security forces appeared in parliament to declare they would not take part in any conflict with the people. Legislators also freed Yanukovich's biggest rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who had been imprisoned since 2011 for what is widely believed to be politically motivated reasons. After the President fled, security forces also abandoned his official residence outside Kiev, and hundreds of protesters and locals walked right in, roaming the lavish estate and its grounds. Parliament also slated new presidential elections for May 25. Collected here are photos from Ukraine over the past 24 hours, as citizens celebrate, mourn, and plan for a new future. Also, see: Kiev Truce Shattered, Dozens Killed, from yesterday.

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